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Remains of missing Indonesian submarine found

Listen to this article The remains of a missing Indonesian submarine have been located. The vessel had been searched for by rescuers from several countries over the past few days. Unfortunately, none of the 53 crew members could be rescued. The remains of the wanted submarine KRI Nanggala-402 were recovered today, Sunday, April 25. The
Published: April 25, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:26
Remains of missing Indonesian submarine found
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The remains of a missing Indonesian submarine have been located. The vessel had been searched for by rescuers from several countries over the past few days. Unfortunately, none of the 53 crew members could be rescued.

The remains of the wanted submarine KRI Nanggala-402 were recovered today, Sunday, April 25. The vessel appears to have suffered a malfunction and sank at a very great depth. As a result, the vessel imploded and broke into pieces.

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Items from a missing Indonesian submarine have been found at a depth of around 850 metres. Although they included all sorts of everyday items, rescuers did not find any human remains. Therefore, the military is still conducting the search.

Based on the evidence gathered, we can confirm that KRI Nanggala 402 sank and all of the 53 sailors died in the line of duty. The ship appears to have broken into at least three parts. – – Hadi Tjahjanto, representing the Indonesian Navy, said at a press conference.

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The submarine KRI Nanggala-402 and its 53-member crew went missing last Wednesday, April 21, during an exercise. A search and extensive international rescue operation was launched immediately. Press around the world reported that the crew had a supply of oxygen to remain submerged until Saturday.

During the search, an oil slick was spotted from the air which may have come from the missing ship. Two naval vessels equipped with sonar were immediately diverted to the region to search the area.

One of the hypotheses concerning the disappearance of the Indonesian ship is that there may have been an electrical fault. As a result, the ship’s crew may not have been able to implement emergency procedures to bring it to the surface.

During the search, navy officials also said that, according to their assessment, the vessel had sunk to a depth of 600-700 metres. As the maximum immersion depth for this type of vessel is 500 m, this was tantamount to communicating that the worst-case scenario was assumed.

The missing submarine KRI Nanggala-402 was built in Germany in 1977 and in turn was commissioned into the Indonesian Navy in 1981. Indonesian officials reported that the submarine underwent an overhaul in 2012 and was in good condition and in full combat readiness.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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